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Art Tips - The Foot by ArandaDill Art Tips - The Foot by ArandaDill
The best way to understand feet is to read about and understand the anatomy of feet in artist anatomy books (such as Classic Human Anatomy by Valerie Winslow), and to draw feet from life and/or from photographs. Do not expect yourself to know how to draw anything without first studying about it (If you think you know without studying, your brain is lying to you). If you have a stylized kind of art, it's best to know how something looks before you stylize it. This way your stylizations will look well-informed and attractive.

EXTRA TIP: People's pinky toes will do different things. If you wear tight shoes all the time, you may find your pinky toe is lying on it's side, is suspended from the ground, or is even pushed up over another toe. If you draw your own feet for study or reference, remember to keep in mind that if you incorporate this kind of toe into your drawings, people might think it is a mistake. Put the pinky toe down next to the fourth toe instead. Sometimes reality has mistakes you must overlook and "illustrate" your way around for the sake of executing a clear message.

EXTRA EXTRA TIP: Some of us have feet with unique qualities. If you draw feet that are unique, make sure your message of "uniqueness" is executed clearly. Don't forget to research and draw other types of feet if you want to expand your skill of drawing well-informed feet.

I hope this "tips" tutorial was helpful!

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SaraMohsen Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ThanQ
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Torborn Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  New member Student Digital Artist
The "basic shapes" segment is what really turned on the lightbulb for me. I've been going about it wrong for years. I know I'm two or three years late, but, thanks for this!
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Azeariel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The foot you crossed out that says "no nubby toes" is definitely what my feet look like :( 
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Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, thank you!
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AustinDR Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist
This will probably be helpful. Thank you.
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One-Eco Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This will  be very helpful!
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Tone4Soul Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
so helpfull! thanks for the tutorial! :meow:
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FunSmilies Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thanks, very useful =D
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XaiIrken Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice tutorial. There's a lot of things you specifically mentioned that I, and probably many others, have struggled with.
Feet are my main weakness and I find this tutorial brilliant and well written. Thank you very much.
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njanna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful, thanks so much!
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:icontujima:
Tujima Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much - feet are a real downfall for me...more like the worst thing ever...stupid bipeds...
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TifaxLockhart Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! This is very helpful!! Thank you for sharing it :D
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TheSgedioxide Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
looks like something is... AFOOT *cues CSI:Miami Opening Theme*
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:iconfeyzer:
Feyzer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is some helpful stuff :)
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equizitive Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
This one too! Lovely!
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gabrielegabba Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent advice.  Good job!
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:iconisumaeru94:
Isumaeru94 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Just learnt the anatomy of the foot and this is pretty useful.
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cedricstudio Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Terrific post! Thanks for sharing.
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:iconeevee164:
Eevee164 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Very helpful! :D
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NoranB Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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1TomBoy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
totally helpful
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CaraCitrine Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Feet are strange. The longer I look the more I fail to understand them.
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Timmy22222001 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Can't thank you enough for the insight and level of help this brings to this crab here. Been out of the drawing game for a few months now and hell out of all the anatomy can seem to get back into the feel of its still the feet that are messing me up!

Your tips and info were a big help and heck even the smallest mention of the way the toes should be present is so simple it hurts, lol. Anycase thanks again with your wonnderful post and rest assure can't wait to get back into the full roar of drawing, hats off to you ArandaDill.

Later,
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ExtremeYaoiFanatic Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh. "Unique feet." I read that and immediately looked down at my "monkey toes" and second toe that's almost a centimetre longer than my big toe. My weird, long, bony digits are the reason why I'm nto a very reliable source for hand and foot drawings, even for my own purposes. ^^;
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ImaginationSlave Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your perspective on this. I'm working on a challenge right now and the guidance is wonderful! Thank you. :)
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haimokochan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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FaithStarLight Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this! :wow:
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Solvernia Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Useful <3 thanks!
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MissChabre Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student
Thx so much for this, I've always had problems with drawing feet!
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Malinidk Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   General Artist
Already thankful for the help you've managed to give me, from just reading this tutorial.
- I want to pass on the lesson. Cheers in the first place for taking your time to have made this. :hug:
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Xejicka Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
This will be pretty useful!
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Gemini-two Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
AmaZING!!!!!
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DisturbingGreen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Thanks a lot!
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yenke Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
iloveyou5ever
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UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh ;A;
Thank you <33
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youalexi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Lanny9000990009 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I have a hate-love relationship with feet. I want to hold them in my hands and look 'em all over, but at the same time I want to throw them away from me and NEVER EVER touch them with ANY inch of my body.

Very useful tips! I will definitely keep them in mind the next time i draw!
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ArandaDill Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad they are useful. :)
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LickOutYourBrains Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Bless you for this. Bless you.
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skyekittie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Very useful! Thanks heaps!!
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ArandaDill Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
No problem :)
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
great information and very helpful!
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ArandaDill Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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shadowfaxgait Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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patientbear Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Hot damn this is helpful! I've always had a serious problem with feet (to the point that I don't think I've ever actually drawn a character with bare feet). Hands too =/
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ArandaDill Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad it's useful! Hands and feet can be a lot of fun to draw. ;)
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patientbear Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Hmm, perhaps it's time to pic up the sketch pad again :)
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Gilran Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a bunch! Very very useful!
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ArandaDill Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad :)
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Vanghira Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I don't have issues with anything else other than feet. THANKS! :tighthug:
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